This week famed primatologist Jane Goodall told a British newspaper of watching a years-long battle between two groups of chimpanzees which only ended when the last of the losing side had been killed. Goodall concluded, “War always seemed to me to be a purely human behaviour. I’ve come to accept that the dark, evil side of human nature is deeply embedded in our genes, inherited from our primate ancestors.”
Nutjob creationist Ken Ham weighs in:
Because she began with the wrong starting point—naturalistic evolutionary ideas—she reached the wrong conclusion. We don’t have a “dark, evil side” because we inherited it from some ape-like ancestors; we are sinful because we are descendants of Adam.
You see, Adam, the first man, rebelled against God and brought sin and death into creation (1 Corinthians 15:22). The Bible tells us we all sin because we sinned in Adam and continue to sin (Romans 5:12).
And Adam’s sin is the reason chimps can be brutal and engage in “war.” Adam’s rebellion broke creation and now everything groans, including animals such as chimps (Romans 8:22). Our world isn’t the way God made it! Creation, in the beginning, was “very good” (Genesis 1:31), but, because of sin, it isn’t any more.